Sunday, 18 August 2013

Some crochet, but mostly boxes

Hi everyone! I've been reading your blogs to relax, and love seeing all your creative/entertaining/unexpected pursuits.


As I said in my last post, we were house-hunting. After months of finding nothing suitable:
  • We saw a house on TradeMe;
  • Visited the next evening;
  • Made an offer on the spot;
  • Offer was accepted the next day;
  • Settlement was agreed for three weeks after our offer was accepted!
So this Friday, I'm taking the day off to get the keys and start moving in. It's been an exhausting whirlwind of lawyers, mortgage brokers, banks, utilities companies, landlords, etc... but thankfully it will be over soon. Because I'm so excited to be buying a house, here are a few preview snaps.


It's not a fancy house in a fancy area. It is, however, completely renovated inside. There's a new fourth bedroom with ensuite downstairs (for our future guests!). It's on about 650m2, which is pretty big for Auckland. And check out that huge front deck - it has views over the Manukau Harbour, with no houses in front of us.


The view from our footpath across the foreshore park. It's a really nicely maintained and well-utilised area. There is an ongoing project to pull out some of the mangroves - I'll be happy to help!


In crafting news, I'm teaching myself to crochet. I've started with the classic beginner project of a scarf. Really enjoying it so far! It's a peaceful hobby, and very portable for when we travel. I've got a couple of Doris Chan books for when I'm feeling more adventurous.

When I'm set up in my new house, hopefully I'll get straight back into some more interesting posts!

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  1. What a gorgeous house. I am sure you are dying to get into it. Lovely. Looks like a fancy house to me.

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    1. Thank you! It's fancy enough for us (especially at the price we paid), but not many Aucklanders aspire to a southside Hardiplank home! That said, we'll probably pay off our mortgage 15 years faster than most other Aucklanders ;-)

      I absolutely cannot wait to be in there. We love our landlords, but our poky little flat is a bit depressing. It will be so nice to have a place that is really ours.

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  2. Congratulations on your new house. It's always exciting to move into your own home and it looks lovely. I also recently learnt to crochet and I love love love it and might be just a little addicted.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, we're definitely excited!

      I know what you mean about crochet becoming addictive... love your boot cuffs that you made recently :-)

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  3. Wow, how exciting! Congratultions, it looks like it will be a beautiful home. And that scarf look like it will be super beautiful when finished, those colours are divine!

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    1. Oh, thank you! I'm looking forward to a house with modern appliances and some windows that don't face south (both issues with our current rental). The yarn is just a Spotlight special - I didn't want to spend too much on my first project, but it is a beautiful colourway.

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  4. Congrats once more on the house - super exciting! I can tell you right now that it feels different when you're living in it... in a good way! You'll have to show us the new 'sewing room'!! Impressive on the crochet :)

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    1. Thank you again :-) I have big plans to set up a craft/hobby room for myself... we'll see whether it all works as well in reality as it does in my mind!

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  5. Great new home! Great new craft! WooHoo!

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    1. Thanks Michele - I've never really tried to crochet or knit, but it's brilliant to have a new and useful hobby!

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  6. Love to hear that you're crocheting! You're so right on that it's a peaceful craft. I know tons of people who uses it for relaxation/ meditation.

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    1. I can see how that would work - it's so soothing. Plus there's the bonus of getting a beautiful finished object at the end :-)

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  7. Congratulations on your house! It looks rather lovely.

    I hope you're having fun with crochet. It's definitely an incredibly portable craft (and it doesn't matter too much if the hook falls out during transit). I'm looking forward to seeing what you make.

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    1. I hope the house will live up to my feelings about it - just that front deck alone should be wonderful.

      I was thinking of you when I chose my yarn! You've made some really beautiful objects, and it's great to have somebody providing inspiration ;-)

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  8. Congrats on the new house...Im pretty sure you are going to love living there! Once the actual move day is over, the rest will be bliss :)
    Ive gotten into knitting recently/last year & Im loving it....crochet is up there on the ever growing list of things to learn. Sometimes its important to take a step away from sewing & its lovely to make something while you watch TV or travel.

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    1. Thank you - I definitely can't wait to put the moving day behind me!

      Yes, sometimes sewing is a bit limiting. It takes a fair amount of time and space to get set up, not to mention the initial costs of machines etc. All you need to crochet is a little hook and some yarn - very egalitarian :-)

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  9. Congrats! What a lovely home! The first thing I noticed was the fantastic deck.

    Your scarf also looks great. I do not crochet, but my older daughter is learning to knit so maybe she can teach me a thing or two? Right now I just need to get back to sewing. Our own move put that on an extended hiatus. I hope to find my groove again very soon!

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    1. Thanks Heather! After the process of moving, a glass of wine on the deck is an even more appealing idea ;-)

      It's hard to get into sewing when things are hectic, especially if you are moving too. Hopefully you'll be back into it soon!

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  10. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you guys!

    Your scarf looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you! Maybe on a hypothetical future NZ visit, you can make the most of our guest room :-)

      It's totally scarf weather at the moment, so I might do some more work on that tonight...

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  11. Lovely house. Hope you got a builders inspection done! All the best for the move.

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    1. Definitely got a builder's inspection done - we didn't want any nasty surprises!

      The move went well, I'll post more soon :-)

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  12. Woo hoo! That is a great house. A lovely spot! I loved living in Auckland. I'm coming for a week with my son in a few weeks and can't wait. Good luck moving!

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  13. (Belated) congrats on the new house! Crochet is actually the only crafty thing I do. Love it.

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